……….Corporate bodies team up to provide free health services.
On Saturday September 30, residents of Adabraka, on the premises of Additrom School in the Adabraka vicinity: a sub-urban area of Accra, experienced free health services from qualified medical personnel as part of a health screening exercise which is an annual project organized by Graphic Communications in partnership with Accra Brewery Limited.
Mr Emmanuel Agyei Arthur the corporate communications manager for Graphic Communications said that the main aim of the event is to make sure that the members of the community were examined and given treatment were applicable “so they would be able to go about their economic activities in good health”. He said “people need to be healthy to make money to buy what we publish and read it”. He added that the ultimate target was “an all year access to health care”, hence the collaboration with the National Insurance Scheme. Mr Arthur added that it was necessary for companies and organizations to pay attention and assist their communities as eventually this would build a mutual relationship between both parties. He added that blood donation exercises to support the National Blood Bank were other projects Graphic Communications undertook.
Mr. Richard Eghan, the plant manager of Accra Brewery Limited, in a speech at the event, stated that “Accra Brewery’s corporate social investment initiatives are on the positive transformation and uplifting of communities by supporting education, health and social development”. He explained that Accra Brewery Limited strives to ensure that their work benefits as many people as possible whilst providing stability and security for future generations. “To us at Accra Brewery Limited, social investment is not an add-on to business activity, but at the heart of how we engage with the communities where our customers, employers, investors and suppliers live. We are convinced that a healthier world is one that supports the growth of a business such as ours”.
The residents of Adabraka trooped to the school grounds in large numbers and this exceeded the target limit for the registration and renewal of NHIS cards. This left the organizers of the project with no choice but to end the process at an earlier time as compared to last year’s own.
High profile personalities of the town also came to show support for the project such as the Chief of Adabraka, Nii Tetteh Ajabeng II, the Queen Mother of Adabraka, Naa Korkor Ajiokor I, and others. The event was hosted by the Assembly man of Adabraka, Mohammed Norgah.
Medicines given to the diagnosed attendants included analgesics, anti-hypertensive, multivitamins, anti-fungal creams, cough mixtures, anti – diabetics, anti – biotics, anti – malaria drugs amongst others.
The health screening project returns next year with the possibility of a change in location.
By Jerry Wonder